Members of the Gurnet neighborhood filled the ZBA meeting on Thursday night to voice their concerns about the reconstruction of a house at 21 Hummock Lane, near the Marshfield side of the beach.
The Federiciâ€™s, owners of 21 Hummock Lane, are planning a second floor addition to their current one story summer cottage. The current house is just under 18 feet tall and will be 11 feet higher with the second floor.
â€œThe house looks massive,â€ ZBA Chairman Dennis Murphy said of the proposed plans for the new house.
The house will also be moved about eight feet closer to the public right-of-way to be more centered on the property and allow more space from the neighbors. However, this means less parking at the end of the road and it may potentially block the right-of-way allowing access to the beach.
While the board predicted that the new height would draw concern from the neighborhood, the parking and disruptions from construction was the main focus for neighbors.
Bruce Carson of 17 Hummock Lane was concerned with the parking on the street. While the house is being moved eight feet from his home, it is moving closer to the public right-of-way, which provides a place to park and a walkway to the beach. Also, the vehicles used during construction would most likely block the narrow road.
Kevin Carr of 15 Hummock Lane was concerned with the actual construction taking place. As a year round resident, he would be present whenever construction began.
â€œIâ€™m not going to have our road beat up by contractors when they donâ€™t care what happens to us,â€ Carr said. Carr brought up past experiences in which he has had a fence knocked over by construction taking place on the road. Both neighbors added that they had no problem with the Federiciâ€™s putting the addition on to their home, but were more concerned with the construction.
Murphy suggested there be conditions in the permit that outline what the contractors can and cannot do during construction.
â€œWe do care about our neighbors,â€ Mary Ellen Federici said. The Federiciâ€™s stressed that they did not want to make anyone upset. The couple plan on moving into the house as a retirement home once construction is completed.
â€œItâ€™s tight quarters, we all need to find a way to get along,â€ Murphy said.
The board voted unanimously to approve a conditional permit to allow construction to take place. They will work out the conditions of the permit to make sure the construction does not interfere with the neighborhood.